WILMINGTON, N.C. – Federal authorities say 10 North Carolina men face charges involving dog fights in which as much as $100,000 was bet on a single match.
In addition, more than 155 dogs have been seized and are in the care of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The U.S. attorney's office said in a news release the 10 men were arrested Tuesday and Wednesday. Most face charges of conspiracy to violate the Animal Welfare Act, which makes it a felony to possess, train, sell, buy, deliver, receive or transport dogs for fighting.
One man is charged with a misdemeanor for attending two dog fights; three others face cocaine, crack and heroin charges.
Those charged are from Maple Hill, Jacksonville, Hubert, Fayetteville and Ayden.